Eastwards to the Med !
09 October 2010 | Algarve
Just a short post from me (Vic normally writes most of the blog!).
After a week in the great town of Lagos (the marina is RIDICULOUSLY expensive though!), we left on thursday to head east along the Portuguese coast and ever closer to the Med. Its so nice to have the west coast behind us at this late time in the season - especially when the forecasts for where we've just come from show gales and 6-8 metre seas and the navtex keeps telling us that loads of harbours are closed because of it !!.....definitely glad not to be there now.
Our crew (dad) departed while we were in Lagos so we are back to just the three of us again. Finn is currently sitting below doing school work with Vic, and I'm here in the cockpit in shorts and T-shirt, enjoying the warm morning sun on my back. It really was a good idea to winter further south !
Our (loose) plan from here is to day-hop along the coast - nothing too strenuous, hopefully - aiming to arrive at or near Gibraltar by the end of the month, where we intend to spend the winter.
Vic's mum and dad are flying out on sunday to stay with us for a few days, so that will be lovely as we've all missed friends and family. It looks like Wendy, Ian and Sam are coming out too in December - we cant wait.
The boat has behaved brilliantly and although we've had to motor sail far more than we ever thought we would, we are still running on Ipswich diesel !! Having enormous tanks does help - even if its going to hurt when we do eventually fill up - but we'll try to make it to Gibraltar where diesel is much cheaper before we do.
Anyway, thats it from me for now
Love to all our friends and family